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Kristi A. Hastings - Fergus Falls, MN

110 North Mill Street Fergus Falls, MN 56537 - 2135

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Updated: 02/01/2018

Fergus Falls Employment & Labor Law Lawyer

Overview

MSBA Certified Labor and Employment Law Specialist 2014, 2015, 2016 Super Lawyer

Kristi Hastings is a partner at the Fergus Falls office of Pemberton Law, and her practice areas include representing public entities (school, city, county, and township employers), handling complex employment litigation, human resources support, negotiating collective bargaining agreements on behalf of public employers, defending public entities in litigation matters, as well as handling the myriad of issues that f...

MSBA Certified Labor and Employment Law Specialist 2014, 2015, 2016 Super Lawyer

Kristi Hastings is a partner at the Fergus Falls office of Pemberton Law, and her practice areas include representing public entities (school, city, county, and township employers), handling complex employment litigation, human resources support, negotiating collective bargaining agreements on behalf of public employers, defending public entities in litigation matters, as well as handling the myriad of issues that face public employers on a daily basis.

Kristi is a Board Certified Labor and Employment Law Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association. Less than two percent of Minnesota attorneys have received this certification. Kristi earned her specialization in March 2012 and has extensive experience and training in employment law. She was named a 2014, 2015, and 2016 Super Lawyers by Minnesota Lawyer.

Kristi grew up on her family's dairy farm near Ashley, North Dakota. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks in 1998, graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. Kristi received her Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 2001. Kristi began working for Pemberton Law as a legal clerk during law school before becoming an associate and later a partner.

Professionally, Kristi has served as president and is a current member of the Board of Directors of the Fergus Falls 544 Education Foundation and is a current member of the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Council of School Attorneys. She also served as president of the Otter Tail County Bar Association and the Seventh District Bar Association. In addition to serving upon these professional boards, Kristi is active in the community, serving on several local boards. She is a past president and current member of the Fergus Falls American Association of University Women, a past member of the Board of Directors of Claire Ann Shover Nursery School, and a current member of Lake Region Healthcare Advisory Board. She is a current member of the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys and Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association.

Kristi, her husband Jason, their daughter Ava Lilly and son Dane have made Fergus Falls their home. Jason also practices law in Fergus Falls. In her spare time, Kristi enjoys creative endeavors as well as any activities that will keep her and the family outdoors.

About Kristi A. Hastings

Practice Areas

  • Employment & Labor Law
  • School Law
  • Municipal

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Partner

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota

Specialties and Certifications

  • Certified Labor and Employment Law Specialist, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2012

Other Affiliations

  • Fergus Falls American Association of University Women (Past President)
  • Claire Ann Shover Nursery School (Past board of directors)
  • Lake Region Healthcare Advisory Board (Member)
  • The 544 Foundation (President board of directors)
  • Minnesota Council of School Attorneys (Board of Directors)
  • Otter Tail County Bar Association (President)
  • Seventh District Bar Association (President)

Education

  • University of North Dakota School of Law, Grand Forks, North Dakota, May, 2001
  • University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota
    B.A., Bachelor of Arts
    Honors: cum laude
    Major: Communication

Past Positions

  • Pemberton, Sorlie, Rufer & Kershner, Legal clerk

Classes and Seminars

  • Mandatory Reporting; The Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act Refresher, West Central Area Schools, August 2016
  • Mandatory Reporting, Fergus Falls Public Schools, iQ Academy, August 2016
  • NSFW (Not Safe For Work) – Social Media and Technology in the Workplace; The Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act Refresher, Osakis Public School, August 2016
  • Employment 201 [various topics], Verndale/Sebeka/Menahga Public Schools, February 2010
  • Minnesota Human Rights Act, Moorhead Public Schools Training, August 2010
  • Social Media, Region V, Minnesota Association of School Administrators, September 2010
  • Minnesota Human Right Act - Employment, MN Publishers, October 2010
  • Allegations of Serious Misconduct by a Teacher, Region V, Minnesota Association of School Administrators, October 2010
  • Title VII and the Minnesota Human Right Act, Pennington County, January 2011
  • When “Smart Phones” Are Not So Smart, March 2011, Alexandria United Way Non-Profit Employment Seminar, March 2011
  • Teleworking, Fergus Falls Telework Summit, March 2011
  • Boards – the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Lakes County Service Cooperative, March 2011
  • Pay Equality, April 2011, American Association of University Women, April 2011
  • Americans with Disabilities Act, Moorhead Public Schools, April 2011
  • Spring Team Meetings – Title VII and the Minnesota Human Rights Act, National Joint Powers Alliance®, June 2011
  • SmartPhones, Fergus Falls Kiwanis, June 2011
  • Data Practice Guidance Regarding Educational Data for Charter Schools, Charter School Law Conference, August 2011
  • Minnesota Association of Townships Insurance Trust, DNR v. Cormorant Township, August 2011
  • Minnesota Telecom Alliance Office Managers & Human Resources Peer Group 2011 Fall Conference, Teleworking, November 2011
  • Fergus Falls Public Schools, MLK Day Staff Development, What Every Employee Needs to Know About Social Media, January 2012
  • What Every Employee Needs to Know About Social Media, West Central Counselor’s Meeting, January 2012
  • Workplace Investigations and Harassment, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, February 2012
  • Law for Supervisors [Hiring, Interviewing, Performance Evaluations; Documentation, Discipline, Investigations; Policies, Unions, Termination; Human Rights Refresher], Pennington County, April 2012
  • Title VII and Minnesota Human Rights Act, Pennington County, April 2012
  • Social Media and Technology: New Uses, New Rules?, Minnesota State Bar Association, 21st Annual School Law & Liability Conference, November 2012
  • Investigations, Harassment and Violence (Administration Training), Breckenridge Public Schools, May 2013
  • Harassment and Violence, Breckenridge Policy No. 413 (Staff Training), Breckenridge Public Schools, May 2013
  • Data Practice Guidance Regarding Educational Data for Charter Schools, Minnesota Association of Charter Schools, 5th Annual Charter School Law Conference, July 2013
  • Data Practices for Schools, Minnewaska Area Schools, August 2013
  • What Every Employee Needs to Know About Social Media, Minnewaska Area Schools, August 2013
  • Best Practices in Working with Civil Rights Investigations (presented with Nancy L. Cameron and Mary Kay Klein), Minnesota State Bar Associations, 22nd Annual School Law & Liability Conference, October 2013
  • Data Practices, How Child Custody Arrangements Effect Student Records Privacy, Fergus Falls Public Schools, March 2014
  • Discipline: Top 10 Mistakes Employers Make, Arrowhead Human Resources Association (Virginia), May 2014
  • Todd County Supervisors’ 2014 Legal Seminar (various topics – employee probation, performance evaluations, discipline, criminal conduct, Loudermill hearings, termination, investigations, conflict resolution), May 2014
  • Todd County Supervisors’ 2014 Legal Seminar The Americans with Disabilities Act, The Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace Act], June 2014
  • [Student Discipline, School Fights, Private Property of Students and Locker/Bag Search, Gender Identity, etc., Access to Buildings by Children, Parents, etc., Data Privacy Review], Fergus Falls Public Schools – Staff Training, August 2014
  • The Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act (anti‑bullying), Lake of the Woods Schools, August 2014
  • The Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act (anti‑bullying), Win-E-Mac Public Schools, August 2014
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, 2014 School Law Conference, Why Can't We Just Leave It on the Field? Non-renewing and Terminating Coaching Contracts, November 2014
  • Hiring Practices (county specific) [Best Practices, Potential Legal Pitfalls, Preliminary Considerations, Job Descriptions, Screening Process, Job Offer, Post Offer Testing, Hiring, FLSA], Aitkin County, January 2015
  • 2015 Employment Law Update [Minnesota "Ban the Box" Law; Minnesota Women's Economic Security Act (WESA); Background Studies for Facilities Licensed by the Department of Human Services; Common Wage and Hour Law Issues], Lake Country Human Resource Association, January 2015
  • Unfair Labor Practices, Minnesota School Board Association, February 2015
  • At the Intersection of Ethics, Technology and School Law, Lakes County Service Cooperative, June 2015
  • At the Intersection of Ethics, Technology and School Law, 24th Annual School Law Conference, November 2015
  • At the Intersection of Ethics, Technology and School Law, Minnesota School Board Association, January 2016
  • Ethics – Technology – School Law, January 2016
  • Top 10 Mistakes Public Employees Make (and How to Avoid Them), March 2013
  • Workplace Trilogy: The Legalities of Time, Money, and Social Media for Employers [Payment for Work; Terms and Conditions of Work; Not Safe for Work], April 2016
  • Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Managing for Performance [Performance Issues; Discipline; Termination; Discrimination; Harassment; Potential Legal Pitfalls] April 2016
  • Technology and Social Media Missteps [At Work, Off-Duty, In Between, Social Media at Work, Social Media Off-Duty, Supervisors], Otter Tail County, May 2016
  • Get Off the Phone! [Current Day Trends and Statistics; Ethical/Non-Legal Problems, Cell Phone Cheating and Distractions; Legal Problems, Sexting, Cyberbullying, and Furthering Criminal Activity; Constitutional Problems; Possible Solutions], Resource Training & Solutions, June 2016
  • Your Employee Did What? [A review of recent BMS awards], Resource Training & Solutions, June 2016
  • That Isn't Fair [What Are "Unfair Labor Practices?"; How Are Unfair Labor Practices Remedied?], Resource Training & Solutions, June 2016
  • Can't We Just Keep It On the Field? [Non-renewing and Terminating Coaching Contracts], Resource Training & Solutions, June 2016
  • Student Behavior K-5, 6-12; Communicating with Families K-5, 6-12, Fergus Falls Public Schools, August 2016
  • Mandatory Reporting; The Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act Refresher, Sebeka Public School, August 2016
  • Mandatory Reporting; The Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act Refresher, Frazee-Vergas Public School, August 2016
  • Legal Concerns – Open Dialog, Lakes Country Service Cooperative, Leadership Skills Training, September 2009
  • AREAS OF LIABILITY, An inch of prevention is worth a pound of cure. [Volunteer Board Members and Areas of Liability for Non-Profits], Lakes Country Service Cooperative, Leadership Skills Training, August 2009
  • Employment Law Potpourri, Lakes Country Service Cooperative, Leadership Skills Training, July 2009
  • The Problem Employee, Someplace Safe Managers’ Training, May 2009
  • The Problem Employee,, Morris Public Schools, March 2009
  • The Discipline Jungle, Morris Public Schools, March 2009
  • The Discipline Jungle, Tri-County Community Corrections, November 2008
  • Managing and Disciplining the Problem Employee, Non-Profit Seminar, June 2008

Achievements

Other Sources of Feedback About Kristi A. Hastings

Included on the 2023 Minnesota list


Past Lists

  • 2022 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2005 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2004 Minnesota Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Kristi A. Hastings on Super Lawyers

Honors

  • Named a Rising Star by Minnesota Law & Politics two years in a row
  • Named one of fifteen "Up and Coming Attorneys" in the state by Minnesota Lawyer
  • Named Jaycees 2011 Outstanding Young Minnesotan
  • Named 2011 AAUW Woman of the Year
  • Minnesota State Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Specialist (2012)
  • Named a 2014, 2015, 2016 Super Lawyer by Minnesota Lawyer

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110 North Mill Street Fergus Falls, MN 56537 - 2135

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  • 218-736-3950

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